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UT algae, health experts reassure residents on safety of drinking water

Water quality experts at The University of Toledo are working with city of Toledo leaders and water treatment plant operators to help keep the public drinking water supply safe.

Dr. Tom Bridgeman, UT algae researcher and professor of ecology, and Dr. David Kennedy, assistant professor in the UT Department of Medicine, participated in a news conference Thursday with Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson.

Watch the video here.

Despite the algal bloom visible in the Maumee River, Bridgeman said, “The Maumee River is over 10 miles away from where we get our drinking water. Our water intake is in Lake Erie. Right now, the water quality at the intake is very good. There is almost non-detect toxins at the intake. And the peak of toxins was over two weeks ago, almost three weeks ago. Toxin levels dropped steadily over the last two weeks.”

“There is a disconnect between the harmful algae that we see and the toxins that the algae produce,” Kennedy said. “Just because you have harmful algal blooms does not mean that they are producing toxin, that they have released toxin, that there is toxin.”

Internal medicine residents rank in top 5 percent for medical competency

The UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences’ internal medicine residents outscored 95 percent of their peers on a national exam by the American College of Physicians.

The 2016 Internal Medical In-Training Exam, which is modeled after the American Board of Internal Medicine Certification Exam, is an annual self-assessment available to residents to assess their progress.

“To achieve these high of marks is a real testament to the outstanding internal medicine residents we have here at UT,” said Dr. Ragheb Assaly, UT professor of medicine and director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. “They have proven their academic capability through their exam scores and are able to apply this knowledge and effectively treat the patients they see every day.”

UT’s Internal Medicine Residency Program is a three-year, fully accredited program designed to provide the best of academic medicine with community-based clinical training for a high-quality education for future physicians. Residents receive hands-on experience in a variety of medical specialties.

The 2016 internal medicine residency graduating class matched to many different specialty fellowships at Johns Hopkins University, Mayo Clinic, the University of Michigan, Case Western Reserve, Baylor College, Georgetown University, George Washington University and the University of California.

UT’s internal medicine residents also have shown tremendous dedication to teach and conduct research. During the past four years, the internal medicine residents have published more than 100 articles in medical journals and made numerous presentations at local and national conferences such as the American College of Physicians, the American College of Gastroenterology, Digestive Diseases Week, American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. 

Surgeon named director of cancer program

With nearly 30 years of experience in cancer-related care, it comes as no surprise that Dr. F. Charles Brunicardi has been named director of the cancer program in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences.

This administrative role oversees the coordination of the three key components of the cancer program — clinical, education and research studies in affiliation with ProMedica.


“I am honored to be here and enjoy working with President [Sharon L.] Gaber, Dean [Christopher] Cooper, and UTMC CEO Dan Barbee,” Brunicardi said. “In this administrative role, I really aim to focus on enhancing relationships between clinical staff, clinical and basic science faculty, as well as the learners, in order to take the cancer program to its next level of excellence. The ultimate goal is to build a precision medicine program for targeted cancer therapy in affiliation with ProMedica.”

A practicing general surgeon specializing in personalized surgery and precision medicine, Brunicardi joined UT in 2016 as chair of the Department of Surgery and chief of academic surgery for ProMedica.

Prior to this, he was a member of the Department of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California in Los Angeles, where he served as professor in residence and vice chair of surgery since 2011 and the Moss Foundation Chair in Gastrointestinal and Personalized Surgery since 2012.

“Dr. Brunicardi was an ideal choice for this role because of his vast experience in translational cancer research, surgical oncology and his strong leadership skills,” said Cooper, dean of the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and executive vice president for clinical affairs. “This role is critical for the integration of high-quality patient care, state-of-the-art research, and education. Dr. Brunicardi has the skills and experience to accomplish this.”  

In addition to his impressive experience, Brunicardi’s clinical interests include pancreatic cancer neuroendocrine tumors, as well as breast surgery. His research focuses on translation precision medicine and personalized surgery, specifically pertaining to pancreatic cancer. He has published 284 papers, seven books and 38 book chapters, and is the lead editor of Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery.

After receiving his medical degree from Rutgers School of Medicine in 1980, he graduated the surgery residency program at State University of New York Downstate, where he also spent three years as a research fellow in pancreatic diseases. He served as an assistant and associate professor at UCLA, then served as professor and chairman of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston for 12 years.

He has designed and founded three breast cancer centers and served on boards of three cancer centers. He has served as the first vice president for the Texas Surgical Society, as a member of the board of directors for the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, and on the board of trustees at the Mary Crowley Medical Research Center. He is a member of the Committee on Technology and Communications Association for Academic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and is a charter member of the Cure Focus Research Alliance. He has held several positions within the Association for Academic Surgery; these include president, recorder and historian.

Brunicardi also dedicates time to editorial services for medical publications, including the Journal of Translational Medicine; American Journal of Surgery; Cancer Management and Research; Clinical and Translational Science; Pancreas; and World Journal of Surgery.

National companies to recruit UT business students at fall job fair

Nearly 100 employers — including major national companies such as Coca-Cola, Reynolds and Reynolds, Quicken Loans, Dana Holding Corp., Owens-Illinois Inc., and Owens-Corning — are coming to The University of Toledo to participate in the College of Business and Innovation fall job fair Friday, Sept. 29.

“One of the four key components of the College of Business and Innovation brand is transform, and that is exactly what happens at each of our two yearly job fairs,” said Dr. Terribeth Gordon-Moore, senior associate dean of the college. “Seniors are already securing job offers, underclassmen are polishing their job skills by acquiring internships, and freshmen are encouraged to participate to immediately begin developing their valuable connections and job-seeking skills.”

The College of Business and Innovation’s semiannual job fair brings some 100 employers to campus to connect with business students.

Approximately 500 UT College of Business and Innovation students will participate in the annual autumn job fair from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union.

Among the companies recruiting COBI students will be the Cleveland Indians, 3M, Chick-fil-A, Dish Network, Eaton Corp., Fifth Third Bank, Hilti, Marathon Petroleum, Therma-Tru Doors, UPS and the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We are always excited for our students that so many well-known companies come to us to find the talent they need,” Gordon-Moore said. “This reflects very positively on the quality of both our programs and our students. It also demonstrates the extremely dynamic and mutually beneficial relationship enjoyed by the College of Business and Innovation and recruiters for major national companies.

“This semiannual job fair is a very important part of what we do to prepare our students for their futures,” Gordon-Moore explained, adding the college’s Business Career Programs Office works year-round to assist students in acquiring internships and jobs upon graduation. “We strive to provide the necessary resources so our students can conduct their own tailored job searches.”

The job placement rate for spring College of Business and Innovation graduates has been at least 93 percent for several years.

Two UT Medical Center physical therapists earn neuro certification, bringing total to four

The physical therapy team at UT Medical Center has another reason to be proud: Alison Pollacek and Eman Jarouche are the most recent therapists to be certified in neurologic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists, bringing the total number to four at UTMC.

“This is not a requirement for all physical therapists to achieve,” Pollacek said. “We have a passion for what we do and believe that in order to offer the best therapies to our patients, we needed to pursue a certification of this merit.”

Certified in neurologic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists are, back row from left, Eman Jarouche, Alison Pollacek and Tori Smith, and, front, Cathy Hites.

Both Pollacek and Jarouche went through 2,000 hours of clinical training and took the certification exam in March. They received official notification of their passing scores in June, demonstrating their knowledge of evidence-based treatments integrated into excellent clinical practice.

“It was a lot of hard work, but, in reality, it’s small compared to the work our patients put in for us,” Pollacek said.

According to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists’ website, only 2,290 therapists in the United States have earned the distinction of neurologic clinical specialist as of June. It is rare for one institution to have one board-certified neurologic physical therapist.

“To have the number of neuro-certified therapists as we do at UTMC acknowledges our desire to better serve our patients and keep up to date on best practices in terms of therapeutic approaches and research,” Jarouche said.

Cathy Hites was the first at UTMC to receive her certification in 1999, followed by Tori Smith in 2009. Both knew that they wanted to further support their patients with neuro-related injuries such as those from strokes, trauma, or those for neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s.

The number of patients coming in for treatment with strokes, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries has increased over time, resulting in the need to focus on the best practices in physical therapy for this patient population, as well as those with degenerative diseases.

“We want our patients to feel confident during their therapy sessions and trust we are backing their individual treatment plans with knowledge that leads them back to their everyday lives,” Smith said.

In addition to the four neurological clinical specialists, the Outpatient Therapy Services at UTMC has two therapists certified as sports clinical specialists and one as an orthopedic clinical specialist.

For more information, call the Outpatient Therapy Department at UTMC at 419.383.5040 or visit uthealth.utoledo.edu.

UT celebrates fusion of art and science with Toledo CellulART Sept. 29

Scientists by trade. Artists by association.

Biologists breaking down the building blocks of life to find a cure for cancer and other diseases fuse science and art every day, turning the laboratory into a studio.

This cytoskeletal art was created by Dr. Rafael Garcia-Mata, UT assistant professor of biological sciences.

This week The University of Toledo is hosting a one-day conference to celebrate and explore the creative side of cytoskeletal research.

Toledo CellulART will take place Friday, Sept. 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the UT Center for the Visual Arts, a building designed by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry and attached to the Toledo Museum of Art.

“Much of what we do is microscopy-based, which takes a certain level of artistic expertise,” said Ashtyn Zinn, UT PhD student researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Zinn organized the free, public event with the help of a grant from the American Society for Cell Biology. She works in the cancer research laboratory of Dr. Rafael Garcia-Mata, UT assistant professor of biological sciences.

Toledo CellulART’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Keith Burridge, Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He will speak at 3:30 p.m.

“Dr. Burridge is a modern scientist and pioneer in the field of cytoskeletal research,” Garcia-Mata said. “Among a very long list of seminal contributions, he provided key early insights into the mechanisms of cell attachment and adhesion as one of the very first to characterize focal adhesions and the contractile nature of stress fibers. He discovered and characterized many of the key molecular components of the complex now known as the adhesome.”

The event also will feature a talk and artwork by Dr. Dylan Burnette, assistant professor of cell and developmental biology at Vanderbilt University, at 1:30 p.m.

Oral and poster presentations by students and faculty are scheduled throughout the day. Pieces by past winners of the Nikon Small World Challenge will be on display at 4:30 p.m.

Registration is required for the event, which brings together the regional art and scientific communities. In addition to UT faculty and students, researchers from 15 other universities will attend the conference from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, including the University of Michigan, Notre Dame and the University of Chicago.

For more information, go to https://toledocellulart.wixsite.com/home.

Clothesline Project to bring awareness about sexual assault; open house to showcase campus resources

As part of The University of Toledo’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness about sexual violence, UT will hold its annual Clothesline Project.

The visual display bears witness to violence targeted against women. T-shirts are individually designed and crafted to publicly express the personal experience of a survivor. Some shirts share her words, story and emotions; other shirts created by family and friends pay tribute to one’s memory.

The Clothesline Project will be on display Thursday, Sept. 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Centennial Mall. If it rains, it will be moved to the Thompson Student Union Trimble Lounge.

The T-shirt collection, which holds more than 200 shirts, coordinates a color to many types of abuse: white for those who died because of violence; yellow and beige for battered and assaulted women; red, pink and orange for survivors of rape and sexual assault; blue and green for survivors of incest and sexual abuse; purple for those who were attacked because of their sexual orientation; and black for women attacked for political reasons.

Jamie Wlosowicz, graduate assistant for the Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program, said the event gives victims, family members and friends the opportunity to express how the assault affected or empowered them, while at the same time providing them an outlet to express their emotions and share their story in a creative way.

There are many resources available for survivors of assault; these include the University Counseling Center, YWCA advocate, campus advocate, sexual assault and domestic violence counselor, and a 24/7 hotline — 419.530.3431. Title IX accommodations, advocacy and assistance filing a University complaint also are available.

The Title IX Office and the UT Sexual Assault Education and Prevention Program have moved to a new location: Snyder Memorial Building Room 1120. Campus community members are invited to stop by during an open house Thursday and Friday, Sept. 28-29, from 1 to 5 p.m.

“Our office was previously located on the Scott Park campus. Being on Main Campus allows us to serve the University community in a more efficient manner and address issues related to sexual misconduct in a more timely manner,” Donald Kamm, UT director of Title IX and compliance, said.

The Title IX Office complies with duties under federal and state laws and sets forth a comprehensive framework for receiving, processing, investigating and resolving complaints of sexual misconduct, according to Kamm.

“The Title IX Office also provides the University community with necessary information regarding how to make complaints, receive assistance and support, and what to expect from the investigation process. We also work with partners on campus and in the community to provide resources to those affected by a Title IX incident,” he said.

He encouraged students, faculty and staff to stop by during the open house to learn more about the resources that are available, as well as the updated Title IX policy.

Piano series to begin this week

Guest pianist Sylvia Wang will open the annual Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series at the Center for Performing Arts.

She will present a master class Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to noon, and a recital Sunday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. Both free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Her concert program will feature Robert Schumman’s Romance in F-sharp Major, Op. 28, no. 2 and Sinfonische Etü̈den, Op. 13, including the posthumous variations. For the second half of the program, she will perform Debussy’s Préludes, Book 2.

Wang has performed as soloist and collaborative pianist across the United States, Europe, Asia, Central America, Australia and Argentina. She also has recorded for the Newport Classic, CRI, Boston Records and Northeastern labels.

She was a winner and finalist for numerous awards and competitions, including the Royal Overseas Music Festival in London, Chamber Music Yellow Springs in Ohio, and the J.S. Bach International Piano Competition in Washington, D.C. 

Wang is on the faculty at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and has served as adjudicator, guest teacher or clinician for such organizations as the Music Teachers National Association in the United States, the Central Conservatory in Beijing, the Centre for Young Musicians in London, the Chautauqua Institution in New York, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia. She also has taught at the Vianden International Festival in Luxembourg.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of piano, at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

Celebrate right and freedom to read at banned books vigil Sept. 28

The University of Toledo will celebrate its 20th annual Banned Books Vigil to celebrate the right to read and think freely without censorship.

The free, public event will take place Thursday, Sept. 28, on the third floor of Carlson Library. The event will begin at 9 a.m. with programs starting every half hour through 5 p.m.

“Our democracy depends on our intellectual freedom,” said Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, who coordinates the event. “Anybody who controls what we read controls what we think and what we know. We give away banned books to promote free inquiry. It’s a fun way to circulate these books that have been called into question.”

Light snacks and refreshments will be available, with free banned books and door prizes given away every half hour. The first 300 attendees also will receive a goody bag at the entrance. One of the sacks will contain a card redeemable for $50 on the spot.

“We want the students to enjoy themselves,” Kilmer said. “We are thankful that all of these people find the time to come to our festival of reading and free expression.”

Topics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Welcome: Read on” by Beau Case, dean of University Libraries, and Dr. David Tucker, UT professor of communication;

• 9:30 a.m. — “The Future Isn’t What It Used to be” by Dr. David Tucker, UT professor of communication;

• 10 a.m. — “Banned: Native-American Spirituality” by Dr. Barbara Alice Mann, UT honors professor of humanities;

• 10:30 a.m. — “Girl’s Night Out With Pandora, Lilith and Eve” by Warren Woodberry, local author and mentor;

• 11 a.m. — “A Historical Overview of Book Banning From Plato to the Present” by Arjun Sabharwal, UT associate professor and digital initiatives librarian;

• 11:30 a.m. — “All That (and) Jazz: Censorship of Transgender Representation in Children’s Books” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, UT associate professor and interim chair of women’s and gender studies;

• Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Suppressing ‘Truths’ in the Age of Fake News” by Dr. Heidi M. Appel, dean of the Jesup Scott Honors College;

• 12:30 p.m. — “Remarks and Observations” by Dr. Andrew Hsu, UT provost and executive vice president for academic affairs;

• 1 p.m. — “Just What is Fake News?” by Lou Herbert, Toledo broadcaster and historian;

• 1:30 p.m. — “Book Burning Videos: Indiana Jones, Eyewitnesses and Ray Bradbury”;

• 2 p.m. — “Plato’s ‘Cave’ in the Age of Post-Truth” by Dr. Glenn Sheldon, UT honors professor of humanities;

• 2:30 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” hosted by The Independent Collegian editors;

• 3 p.m. — “Covering Campus News Transparently in the Selfie Age of Public Image”
by Emily Schnipke, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian;

• 3:30 p.m. — “You Read WHAT to Your Daughter?! And Other Stupid Questions…” by Josie Schreiber, UT student;

• 4 p.m. — “Hear No Evil! See No Evil! Speak No Evil! Teach No Evil!” by Cindy Ramirez, Bedford High School teacher; and

• 4:30 p.m. — “Hard-Hitting Songs for Hard-Hit People” by Risa Cohen, West Side Montessori teacher.

Kilmer said this Banned Books Week Vigil would not be possible without help from generous sponsors: Barry’s Bagels; Ann Lumbrezer; The Independent Collegian; Lambda Pi Eta, UT Communication Honor Society; New Sins Press; Phoenicia Cuisine; UT Barnes & Noble Bookstore; UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development; UT Department of Art; UT Department of Communication; UT Department of English Language and Literature; UT Department of Foreign Languages; UT Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success; UT Federal Credit Union; University Libraries; UT Greek Life; UT Jesup Scott Honors College; UT Marketing and Communications Office; UT Office of the Dean of Students; UT Student Government; UT Theatre and Film Department; WXUT FM 88.3; Aramark; Mitchell & Kelley Auctioneers, Adrian, Mich.; UT Public Relations Student Society of America; UT Campus Activities and Programing; UT Counseling Center; UT College of Arts and Letters; UT School of Visual and Performing Arts; and UT Starbucks.

She added a special thanks to the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

Satellites to hold $6 sale this week

The Satellites Auxiliary’s $6 sale will take place Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 27-29, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

Check out a wide variety of items that will be for sale for $6: rings, watches, bracelets, scarves, ties, sunglasses, belts, earrings, cuff links, purses, wallets, totes, reading glasses, pendants, chains and more.

The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information on the sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.